Tesla and The New York Times Battle Over Model S Review


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    Tesla and The New York Times are butting heads over a negative review of the Model S. | February 12, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Tesla's CEO Elon Musk is disputing a negative review of the Model S that was published in The New York Times.
  • The war of words got started after Times reporter John Broder wrote a story about taking the Tesla Model S out on a test drive during freezing weather on the East Coast.
  • Musk has blasted Broder's claim that the car wouldn't keep a charge.

PALO ALTO, California — Tesla's CEO Elon Musk is disputing a negative review of the Model S that was published in the The New York Times.

The war of words got started after Times reporter John Broder wrote a story about taking the Tesla Model S out on a test drive during freezing weather on the East Coast.

"Certainly my trip along Tesla's East Coast electric highway proved disappointing — my high-tech Model S test car ended up stranded off Interstate 95, requiring a flatbed truck to get to the Supercharger in Milford," wrote Broder in a Times blog posting about the review.

Musk has blasted Broder's claim that the car wouldn't keep a charge.

"NYTimes article about Tesla range in cold is fake," Musk tweeted. "Vehicle logs tell true story that he didn't actually charge to max & took a long detour."

Musk later tweeted: "Am not against NYTimes in general. They're usually fair & their own prev Tesla test drive got 300+ miles of range!"

James Cobb, the auto editor of The New York Times, tweeted in response that "NYT report on Tesla Model S was totally factual, describing trip in detail as it occurred. No 'long detour.'"

Edmunds contacted Cobb and Tesla for comments, but neither responded immediately to the requests.

Tesla sued the BBC's Top Gear for libel and malicious falsehood after a negative 2011 review of the Tesla Roadster that claimed the Roadster ran out of charge.

Edmunds says: Tesla is expected to publish a blog post shortly that details the actual logs on the car. Perhaps that will shed more light on the dispute. It also said it will line up other journalists to re-create the drive.

Comments

  • jeffinoh jeffinoh Posts:

    My car says I'm a liar??? I need a car that doesn't kiss and tell.

  • gregnv gregnv Posts:

    Edmunds, maybe its time for an in-depth story about what car makers are recording about our driving habits. When Tesla complains that the test driver took a detour based on vehicle logs, what else do the vehicle logs tell Tesla. Did the driver stop at McDonalds, Hooters, a truck stop, a bar? Did the driver ever exceed the posted speed limit? How often did the driver brake suddenly? Does Tesla get the information real time, or when the car returns to the dealership? If Tesla gets the information real time, will Tesla know when the owner starts shopping for competing models when the love affair has worn off? Will Tesla share the driving data with the state, the NTSB, insurance companies? Food for thought.

  • stever stever Posts:

    I miss the good old days when journalists were only sued for making the gas tank explode.

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